How do I become a carer?

Start by reading our Foster Care Information Booklet and when you’re ready, complete the on-line enquiry form. We’ll then contact you to discuss your interest further.

What is the criteria for becoming a carer?

If you are over 21 years of age, single or in a relationship, working or a stay at home parent, home owner or renter we are happy to hear from you.

How long does it take to be assessed and approved as a carer?

Carer assessments are carried out to ensure children placed in Foster Care are safe.

Assessments can take as little as 6 weeks or as long as 6 months – there is no set timeframe for this, it is as individual as you are. As well as the compulsory assessment process, police checks must be carried out, attendance to a pre-authorisation training session and you must have a current first aid certificate before you can start caring.

Is there financial assistance available for carers?

Yes, carers receive a fortnightly reimbursement based upon the needs of the child.

Can I say ‘no’ if I’m offered a placement?

The short answer is yes.

All placements are matched to the best of our ability so that the child/young person and the carer are given the best chance of the placement succeeding. If you do not wish to take a placement then it is in no-one’s best interests to force it to happen. We provide as much information about the child/young person as we can so that you can make an informed decision.

How long do children/young people stay in foster placements?

Each child/young person’s circumstances are unique – some need somewhere to stay for a short time (respite), some need somewhere to call home until they are ready to move into independence, and some stay in foster care while their families work to change their circumstances so that they can return home.